Our next stop was Neuschwanstein Castle. It is a magical looking castle built by “Mad” King Ludwig in the mountains of Bavaria. Legend has it that Walt Disney got the inspiration for his castles from Neuschwanstein. Construction of the castle stopped when King Ludwig died under suspicious circumstances. The interior was only a third complete and was never finished. They now host tours of finished parts of the castle.
Below is the castle where King Ludwig grew up. It’s so small. I can see why he needed a bigger place (insert eye roll here).
Below is the maypole in the town near the castles. It is painted with the colors of Bavaria, blue and white. The decorations that line the side of the pole symbolize the craftspeople and businesses of the community. Maypoles can be found in most towns throughout Bavaria. Originally, maypoles allowed passing traders to quickly determine whether their services were needed in that town. The decorations are replaced each May Day. Traditionally, rival communities try to steal each other’s maypole. They are returned for a ransom of beer.
The first few photos below were taken from Mary’s Bridge, a famous but rickety old bridge that I was sure was going to collapse at any given moment while I was standing on it. I could not wait to get back to stable ground.